Loom of Reality

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Among these teachings was the independent investigation of reality, so that the world of humanity may be saved from the darkness of imitation and attain to the truth; may tear off and cast away this ragged and outgrown garment of a thousand years ago, and may put on the robe woven in the utmost purity and holiness in the loom of reality.

—'Abdu'l-Bahá

This site is an unofficial resource for the exploration of selected topics in the Bahá'í writings. It contains some 6,000 quotations, each of which has been assigned to one or more of nearly 1,000 subject categories, organized in outline form in the right-hand panel. Most quotations are hyperlinked to the Bahá'í Reference Library--the sole authorized online repository of Bahá'í texts--or to a secondary source, so that the context can be seen. Hyperlinks to original Persian or Arabic texts at the Bahá'í Reference Library are also provided in many cases. All materials are derived from sources available in the public domain.

Quotations within each category are shown in no particular order. A few quotations from authors in former philosophical and spiritual traditions, as well as a small number of contemporary authors, have been included where they highlight a striking parallel or clarify an obscure concept. Some Bahá'í-related sources of lesser authority--provisional translations and pilgrim notes--have been included as interesting material to be taken for what it is worth. Such material has been clearly identified, but the evaluation and weighting of sources is ultimately left to the good judgement of the reader.

Suggestions for improvements and errata notes are welcome (email loom.of.reality@gmail.com). Occasional updates are planned, to incorporate feedback and corrections as well as to add further quotations from the Bahá'í writings and beyond.

Click on a category at right to begin browsing.